BAT­TLER JACK TREATED TO CAP­I­TAL SHOP­PING SPREE:

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ABRAVE teenager who has bat­tled bone can­cer cel­e­brated his re­cov­ery in style with a VIP shop­ping trip to London.

Fash­ion-con­scious Jack Sed­don was di­ag­nosed with the dis­ease at the start of the year after com­plain­ing of a pain in his leg.

When an X-ray re­vealed the se­ri­ous­ness of his con­di­tion, the 13-year-old was forced to have part of his leg am­pu­tated in a rare ‘ro­ta­tion­plasty’ op­er­a­tion.

But after months of gru­elling treat­ment, in­clud­ing in­ten­sive chemo­ther­apy and phys­io­ther­apy, doc­tors have de­clared him in re­mis­sion and fit enough to in­dulge in his favourite hobby.

Jack, a stu­dent at All Hal­lows in Weaste, trav­elled to London with best pal Chloe Brick­ell, mum Vic­to­ria Butcher and his gran Va­lerie Hock­ham.

The trip – or­gan­ised by

‘It re­ally was his dream come true’

the Make-a-Wish char­ity – was his first time in the cap­i­tal city.

Vic­to­ria, 33, said: “It was just un­real. They’d thought of ev­ery­thing and it re­ally was his dream come true.

“We had a limo to take him to Har­rods and Pri­mark and they gave him goodie bags and some money to buy his clothes.

“He had his own per­sonal shop­per in Har­rods and he picked some out­fits out and we had af­ter­noon tea there.

“He was just over­whelmed. He loves Pri­mark any­way, but just the whole ex­pe­ri­ence was amaz­ing.

“I asked him what his favourite bit was and he said ev­ery­thing.”

Jack added: “It was so ex­cit­ing to know I could get loads of clothes be­cause I love shop­ping. I would love to do it all again.”

The young­ster, who was also re­cently treated to a day with the Manch­ester United play­ers thanks to his school, still has to go for check-ups at hos­pi­tal ev­ery six weeks and is due to have a pros­thetic limb fit­ted in the new year.

But Vic­to­ria, who is mar­ried to An­drew and is also mum to Henry, 15, and Mary-Grace, four, said he just ‘gets on with it’.

The nurs­ery nurse, from Weaste, added: “The best mo­ment for me was just see­ing him happy and the smile on his face – he was in his el­e­ment do­ing what he loved best – shop­ping.

“It was a shock when he got di­ag­nosed but I’ve got great fam­ily and friends around me and we just got on with it.

“A lot of peo­ple turned round and said ‘haven’t you cried?’ but you’ve got to keep smil­ing and laugh­ing.

“I said that to Jack and that’s what we did all the way through.”

Gary Louth

Gary Louth

Jack Sed­don, sec­ond right, with brother Harry, sis­ter Mary-Grace and mum Vic­to­ria. Be­low: Jack en­joy­ing his shop­ping trip

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